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Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Chesapeake Legal Alliance’s Mary Clemmensen (7/21/17)

The Chesapeake Bay is on all of our minds with summertime in full swing. It’s a time to fish, swim, kayak, sail and enjoy the region’s natural beauty – but also a time to double down on our commitment to improve water quality. We recently caught up with Mary Clemmensen of the Chesapeake Legal

When there’s too much manure, move it (7/20/17)

Manure is a fact of life on a farm. It’s also a natural fertilizer that helps farmers grow their crops. But when spreading manure causes the land to become oversaturated with nutrients, these nutrients can enter local waterways. True enough, nitrogen and phosphorus running off from farms are key pollutants of the Chesapeake Bay

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and Oakland View Farms showcase winning conservation strategies (7/18/17)

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, one of MCAC’s partner groups, and Oakland View Farms in Ridgley, MD were recently honored for their partnership to clean up local waterways, winning the national Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships award presented by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Beginning in 2010, MRC and Oakland View Farms partnered to design and

What’s going on with transparency? (6/30/17)

Transparency and accountability have been priorities of the Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition since its inception. As government, industry and communities work together to reduce pollution, we must be able to see what is working – and what isn’t. Data and information is key to that effort.

In 2014, MCAC helped launch Marylanders for Open Government

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Center for Progressive Reform’s Evan Isaacson (6/27/17)

All month long, MCAC has been highlighting the Bay cleanup plan, also known as the Bay TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load), in order to keep track of the progress that is, or isn’t, happening within the Bay watershed to reduce pollution. We recently chatted with Evan Isaacson, policy analyst at the Center for Progressive

Healthy farms – and the climate – need healthy soils (6/2/17)

For those who don’t spend a lot of time on farms, it’s easy to think of soil as simply dirt. But it’s much more than that. Fertile, healthy soil is made up of nutrients, micro-organisms, minerals and other organic material – all of which are vital to grow the food we all need. Healthy

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy’s Jeff Horstman (5/23/17)

Jeff Horstman serves as the Executive Director of the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, as well as the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper on the Eastern Shore. Through this work, Horstman is a first-hand witness to the effects that development and agricultural activity have on the Shore’s waterways. We caught up with him to learn about the biggest clean

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Maryland League of Conservation Voters’ Karla Raettig (5/4/17)

Maryland League of Conservation Voters’ Karla Raettig is the Executive Director of the leading political organization for Maryland’s environment. Maryland LCV is a state-wide, nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land, public health and water. Maryland LCV protects public health by fighting for the Chesapeake Bay and local

Pollution trading: risky scheme or market-based solution? (4/28/17)

As Maryland and other Chesapeake Bay states work to reduce pollution in our waterways, one potential strategy continues to stir debate, namely, a system that has been variously called pollution trading, water quality trading, nutrient credit trading or just plain “trading.” MCAC refers to this practice as pollution trading.

Regardless of the name, here’s the

Maryland General Assembly Sets Aside Funding for Clean Water Enforcement (4/20/17)

April 20, 2017

FY2018 Budget includes $400,000 for enforcement positions at Departments of Agriculture and the Environment

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In the final budget passed last week by the Maryland General Assembly, legislators set aside $400,000 to hire enforcement and compliance staff at the Maryland Departments of Agriculture (MDA) and the Environment (MDE). This reverses a